Picture of the Day for August 31, 2008


Picture of the Day for August 30, 2008


Video: Summertime Backyard Fun


Picture of the Day for August 29, 2008


Video: Carolyn and Jake watch Baby Mozart


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Picture of the Day for August 25, 2008


Video: The Carolympics


Picture of the Day for August 24, 2008



Month in Review: Carolyn's third month


Today Carolyn is three months old. Lots of fun stuff happened this past month...

Picture of the Day for August 23, 2008



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Video: An intimate conversation between mother and daughter


Picture of the Day for August 20, 2008



Picture of the Day for August 19, 2008



Picture of the Day for August 18, 2008



Video: The Baptism of Carolyn and Jake


Picture of the Day for August 17, 2008



Carolyn says: Happy Birthday Grandma!

Picture of the Day for August 16, 2008



Picture of the Day for August 15, 2008



Backyard blankets and ceiling fans



Here in southeastern Pennsylvania, we have been experiencing unseasonably mild weather for the past few days. I can't remember any August in recent history where it has been even remotely bearable to be outside for any length of time. But for the past week or so, we've had temperatures in the 80s with relatively low humidity.

To what can we attribute this? El Nino? It's a little too early for The Nino's weatherly influence. Global warming? Please. No, I believe this weather can be directly attributed to Carolyn. Sure it sounds crazy, but I'm her dad and the world revolves around my daughter. You should know that.

At any rate, we've been taking Carolyn outside in the evenings and laying her on a blanket on the grass. SHE LOVES THIS. It is possibly her favorite activity, apart from intently watching the ceiling fan spin around while laying on our bed. (Side note: Around 4am the other morning Carolyn woke up, and as we were preparing to feed her, she caught sight of the fan and started smiling. We put her down on the bed so she could look at the fan and she proceeded to spend a good five minutes smiling and cooing at the fan. It was so adorable, I almost forgot that it was four o'clock in the morning.)

Anyway, take a gander at some of these pictures.

Picture of the Day for August 14, 2008



Picture of the Day for August 13, 2008



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Picture of the Day for August 11, 2008



Picture of the Day for August 10, 2008



Picture of the Day for August 9, 2008


Picture of the Day for August 8, 2008



Carolyn says: Happy Birthday, Grandpa!

More on sleeping (and not sleeping)


Just what you want to hear about, right? Wah wah wah. New parents aren't getting any sleep. Well, what do you expect from us? This is our blog, and we'll cry if we want to. And so will Carolyn... mostly at night!

Last week was probably the most challenging week we've had as far as Carolyn's sleeping patterns go. There were nights where she woke up literally every hour, and was not easy to put back to sleep either. She likes to fool us into thinking that she's asleep, and then when we set her back in her crib (by the by, she sleeps exclusively in her crib in her own room now): Boom. Eyes pop open. Vigorous kicking to get out of her swaddle. Crying. Frustration.

It all came to a head on Monday night. She did the routine I've just described until about 2am when we finally said "Enough is enough" and just put her in the bed with us for the rest of the night. She then proceeded to sleep for 5 straight hours. Big mistake on her part, because now we know that she can go that long without eating overnight!

We have a bedtime routine that involves a bath, hair brushing and a little light reading before her final feeding -- Kristen had been breastfeeding her 100% until a few days ago -- which puts her to sleep somewhere between 8 and 8:30. We then proceed to go to bed at about the same time so that we have enough rest to function the next day. Wouldn't you like to live on the wild side like us??

Our technique overnight when she woke up and was hungry had been to feed her, during which she would fall asleep, then hold her for about 10 minutes before putting her back down. We think that this was part of the problem. Her deep sleep cycle didn't seem to be kicking in this early, hence, the waking up right as we put her down.

So we modified our approach a little bit. We are now feeding her from a bottle for her bedtime feeding. (Thus far she still requires supplemental breastfeeding to fall asleep, but we're hoping to change that over time.) And after her overnight feedings, we hold her for closer to 25 minutes, which allows her to go into deep sleep and stay asleep when we put her down.

The results, you ask? Tuesday night she started off with a 3-hour stretch of uninterrupted sleep, followed by a feeding, followed by a 3-and-a-half-hour stretch of sleep, then another feeding, then woke up a few times in closer proximity after that, but by that time it was already around 4am, so it was cool by us. Wednesday night she went around 2 1/2 hours between each feeding, which is not great, but certainly better than it had been.

Our next task is stretching out those overnight feedings. We're doing this by stalling when she wakes up. Rather than feed her right away, we'll shush her, pat her back, walk her around a little bit, and so forth to stretch the feedings 10 or 15 minutes further apart at a time. Cross your fingers for us, because sleep deprivation tends to generate cranky parents.

Picture of the Day for August 7, 2008



Picture of the Day for August 6, 2008



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Picture of the Day for August 1, 2008